Security is Not just a matter of a neighbor leeching to your connection and
stealing few Mb/sec, of bandwidth.
If you do not use encryption your Wireless is transmitted in clear, thus
people can sniff the traffic and get personal sensitive info and you would
not even know.
From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
MAC______(Band Aid if nothing else is available).
WEP64____(Easy, to "Brake" by knowledgeable people).
WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Brake ).
WPA-AES__(Not functionally Breakable)
WPA2____ (Not functionally Breakable).
Note 1: WPA-AES the the current entry level rendition of WPA2.
Note 2: If you use WinXP and did not updated it you would have to download
the WPA2 patch from Microsoft. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893357
The documentation of your Wireless devices (Wireless Router, and Wireless
Computer's Card) should state the type of security that is available with
your Wireless hardware.
All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best possible
of one of the Wireless devices.
I.e. even if most of your system might be capable to be configured to the
max. with WPA2, but one device is only capable to be configured to max . of
WEP, to whole system must be configured to WEP.
If you need more good security and one device (like a Wireless card that can
do WEP only) is holding better security for the whole Network, replace the
device with a better one.
Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
"Jerry West" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I have a new HP laptop running Windows Vista. My Linksys AP router is set
>at default settings except for the SSID and the SSID broadcast feature.
>With broadcasting turned on I have no trouble connecting to the router. If
>I turn off broadcasting I cannot connect to the router. Using the config
>screen for manually connecting to the router I enter the proper SSID. Vista
>tells me that the SSID is already configured on the computer and do I want
>to use that connection. I say yes and then I'm told it cannot connect. Of
>course, if I turn broadcasting back on I connect effortlessly.
> Obviously, the goal here is to have the AP router SSID broadcasting turned
> off and the laptop connect to this router without any intervention from
> me. Is this not possible?